Kuwaiti Representative Called Home to Explain Participation in Debate Together With Israelis

Published February 8th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

The head of Kuwait's information office in Washington has been summoned to the country for questioning over his recent participation in a debate with Israeli public figures, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported. 

 

Quoting an unspecified source, the Kuwaiti al-Rai al-Aam said Shafiq al-Ghabra has been called home to explain the Kuwaiti-Israeli exchange conducted without the knowledge of Kuwait's information ministry, AFP reported. 

 

A Kuwait-based anti-normalization group demanded on Wednesday that the Kuwaiti government explain Ghabra's participation in the debate, describing it as a "crime." 

In a statement, the group accused Ghabra of "defying" Arab and Islamic feelings by participating in the gathering with Israel's former foreign minister, Shlomo Ben Ami, and the president of Tel Aviv University, Itamar Rabinovich. 

 

Ghabra, however, said he took part in the debate in his academic capacity. He explained he had received an "honorable invitation" from the World Economic Forum, which ended Monday in New York, to a public discussion on the Arab-Israeli conflict. (Albawaba.com) 

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